Every year SOWINS (South Okanagan Women In Need Society) hosts a traditional turkey dinner for the women and children who have fled abusive relationships seeking our services.
This year, SOWINS moved into their new offices on November 1, mid November they learned that the chef who had helped out last year was not available and they had no idea how they were going to make the dinner happen.
On November 21 a staff member provided the group with a link to Chef Roderick Strike, who stepped in with two weeks notice and proved to everyone that Christmas is a magical time – On December 9, at St. Saviours Hall, Chef Roderick Strike enlisted the following members of the local community who helped him to provide an incredible festive dinner:
Paul Cecconi of Brodo’s, Nik and Chef Spiro at the Cubby Hole, David Nurse from the Pasta Factory, Chef Greg of Gregors, Brent Madison and Head Chef Vera from the Elite, David Prestay and executive chef Chris Remmington of the Lakeside Hotel and Resort, Duane Jordan and chef CoCO from the Best Damn Sports Bar, Paul Jones and Chef Bruno from the Vanila Pod Poplar Grove, Mike Henry of Sysco Foods, Cobs Bread, Craig at Zepps, GM Collin form the IGA, Wrights Campground and Theos’ and Mykonos. Brian and Joanie Cutler and SOWINS volunteers were tireless in the kitchen with Chef Rod.